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Immortal Hulk #19: Review

Jun 2019
Al Ewing, Joe Bennett

Story Name:

Butterfly

Review & Comments

Rating:
4 stars

Immortal Hulk #19 Review by (June 12, 2019)

Review: The most gruesome issue so far (and that's saying something) centers on Betty Ross as the Red Harpy. Her brief comments provide the subtext underlying the plot. Her repeated refrain is “This is me,” that after all the trauma in her life, much of it supplied by Bruce, this vicious predator is who she really is, the distillation of her true character—and more of a monster than Hulk ever was. So Hulk can depend on nothing from her: ripping out his heart and eating it is the clearest metaphor for how she feels about her big green ex. PS My son saw this issue (he hadn't read any earlier) and pointed out that even without the explicit violence, the art would still be scary. He's right. And for just a bit of leavening light: the butterfly in the prologue did escape eventually.

Comments: Belardino Brabo contributed to the inking and Rachelle Rosenberg to the colors.





 

Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Immortal Hulk #19 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

Years ago, Betty Ross was concerned about a butterfly caught in a spider's web; her father's aide, then-Captain Fortean, explained how spiders do a valuable job of keeping the insect population under control. Betty still wishes the butterfly would destroy the web and escape....

Now, Dr McGowan is shocked to discover her new, non-human Abomination has killed two civilians (a cabbie and a hotel desk clerk, last issue) and shouts at General Fortean that she warned him to keep it out of populated areas. But Fortean doesn't care, as the Abomination with a double face of Rick Jones is fighting Hulk on the streets of Reno. The monster's digestive juices cause Hulk's fist to melt—and not heal. And he can spit the acid out of his twin mouths....

Marge, the hotel clerk who witnessed the grisly death of her friend at the hands of the Abomination, runs into some of Fortean's agents. They kill her and move on, running into Jackie McGee who is accompanied by the Red Harpy; Harpy kills them all gruesomely to Jackie's shock as she was hoping to question them and uncover the sinister plot. They move on and encounter Hulk and Abomination. By this time, all four of Hulk's limbs have been burned away by his foe's acid and his eyes are gone. He hears Betty's voice and calls for Hulk; instead she rips out his heart and eats it....


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Joe Bennett
Ruy Jose
Paul Mounts
Alex Ross (Cover Penciler)
Alex Ross (Cover Inker)
Alex Ross (Cover Colorist)


Characters

Listed in Alphabetical Order.

Harpy
Harpy

(Betty Ross)
Hulk
Hulk

(Bruce Banner)

Plus: Abomination (Rick Jones), General Fortean (Reginald Fortean), Jackie McGee (Jacqueline McGee).